Metaphors and Revelation 12-13 Alan Brady over at Café Apocalypsis has a nice summary of parts of Dr. Ian Paul’s article “” in Studies in the Book of Revelation, ed. S. Moyse (see here) and some methodological reflections on the interpretation of metaphors. Ian Paul’s essay is based on his Ph.D.-dissertation, “The Value of Paul [...]
Beale, Gregory K. John’s Use of the Old Testament in Revelation. Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series, no. 166. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999. 443 pp. A standard-setting study published in the early 1999. The volume includes the following chapters that, for some parts, are reprints or revisions of earlier publications. [...]
Caird, George Bradford: The Revelation of St. John the Divine. (BNTC). London, 1966 (1st ed.) and 1984 (2nd ed.). Reprint, Hendrickson Publishers, 1993. 336 pp. Caird was heavily influenced by the work of Farrer, but emphasized the influence of myth, apocalyptic and the history of the Roman Empire as well. This raises the question: “When [...]
Hendriksen, William. More Than Conquerors. 1940. Reprint. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1997. Among the many issues that Hendriksen discusses in his 40+ page introduction, is the composition of Revelation. As regards the relations between the text and what it narrates, Hendriksen argues in favour of the recapitulationist view of the composition of Revelation, [...]
The issue of symbolism in Revelation is one of the most complicated problems. It is often stated that consistency cannot be expected in an apocalyptic writing. Furthermore, there is considerable disagreement as to whether several texts should be understood “literally” or “symbolic”. Moreover, the proper context of the various symbols is often determined quite differently. [...]
Paulien, Jon. Decoding Revelation’s Trumpets: Literary Allusions and Interpretations of Revelation 8:7-12. (Andrews University Seminary Doctoral Dissertation Series 11). Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press, 1988. This is the published edition of Paulien’s doctoral dissertation. Paulien has also written an article, “Elusive Allusions,” that extracts important methodological guidelines from his thesis.
Giblin, Charles H. The Book of Revelation: The Open Book of Prophecy. Good News Studies, 34. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1991. 213 pp. Giblin’s commentary develops the use of the holy war-imagery in Revelation and also pays great attention to structure. An important commentary (despite its modest size).